Newspaper Page Text
Ti-.e rrtiLl'uit'.oa raavtSiieal t.s c .j.
tureJ Wesson. The Natchez Democrat prints a a aati -prohibition clumn. The X. 0. Times-Dtniocrat adv ocates the erection of a White League Monu ment in New Orleans. Mary Asdeeson, tie great actress, has gone to Europe to eojiy herself for a year or two. Thb heavy wit of the St. Louis GIobeDemccrat broke down the re nters' stand at the race course. They knocked the "Grand Old Man" out on the sec jnd round but he will be ready again when time is cilled. A Xew Orleans Are company bar ing caught two of its members steal ing at a fire, promptly expelled them. A correspondent who signs him self Swamper, completely answers the questions about Gen. Catcbings' cdd nectbn with the penitentiary matter. ' The Speaker of the House and the Chairmen of the various committees, will do tbeir best to have the House of Representatives ready to adjourn by the 10:h of July. The Canton Citizen is authorized to announce that Mr. Thomas Ward, of Canton, pronounces the rumor, that he would run for Congress in the Jackson District against the Democratic nomi nee, untrue. Tub Farmers Institute met at Corinth Saturday. Many of the best farmers of northeast Mississippi were in attendance, good speeches were made and samples of clover, grass and hay were exhibited. Commencement week of Central Female Institute at Clinton will beg n June 18th. The address before the Literary Societies of the Institute and the Mississippi College will be deliver ed by Hon. C. E. Hooker. The New Orleans Picayune has al ready completed the next Presidential ticket for both the great parties. Ac cording to it Mr. Cleveland will again be pitted against Mr. Blaine. We merely remark, that it is a long time until the nominating Conventions meet. The debata in the British parliament on the Irish question showed what a vital question it is, and demonstrated the ability and eloquence of the lead ers on both sides. We think the dis cussion actually surpassed the oleomar garine debate in the American House of Representatives. Will you please take a hand in the Congressional contest in this District, writes a correspondent from the Jack son District. That was not his exact language, but that's what he means. And to start us in the work, he sent a very able communication. We must beg him to excuse us. The tight is a very pretty one as it is. Judge H. F.Simrall says in an in terview, that in due time he will an nounce himself as a candidate for Congress in this District. lie proposes, of course, to run as an opposition can didate to the one nominated by the Democratic party. We think it will make very little difference whether he runs or doesn't run. We think that fact will be very clearly demonstrated before the canvass is over. A Vermont correspondent of the New York Tribune finds no such unanimity against the return of Mr. Edmunds as was promised by the hot beaded Arlington agrisulturist. Nearly two-thirds of the Republican papers of the State are ac ively or passively in his favor. AV the Democrats seem to be "certain that he will be returned ntter of course. lu- present Congressmen, Stewart and Grout, will get their seats again , for the third term. Blaine was never so much beloved and admired in Vermont as he is to day, and Republicans regard his nomination in 1833 as certain as any event of the future can be. It is worthy of note that the officia ting clergyman at the White House wedding did not ask the bride to "obey" the bridegroom, but only to "love him, honor him, and comfort him." The last named injunction will be pretty hard to carry out during the session of the next Democratic National Convention. St. Louis G lobe-Democrat, (Republican. ) Six ladies, six months ago, knew all about the coming marriage of the President. It is slander to say women cannot keep secrets. If they could not and did not, half the men in this world who pose as saints would be known to be very mean and llack-keated. 0: The Senate Cutis tciUee on Cotuu.erce are giving hearings to Senators and members on the subject of the differ ent appropriations of the river and harbor bill. Tbey wilt add 12,000.000 to the bill, but much of this will dis appear in conference. The appropriations for the improve ment of the Mississippi river have not yet been acted upon. Senator Gibson will return from West Point early next week and the subject will then be passed upon. The Yaeoo Herald and Greenville Times heartily endorse the petition of the State Press Convention to require the publication of local laws in the papers printed in the counties to which the laws pertain. This is certainly a movement in which all intelligent citizens will concur. As the law is ' now legislation referring to counties hundreds of miles from Jackson, is published in a Jackson paper. Local legislation should only be printed in the counties where it is of interest, and the expense of doing that would be no greater than in publishing in the State Printer. When the Legislature meets again, we have confidence this just measure can be put through. RED HOT. The ek ct ion to secure prohibition in Lauderdale county, comes off to-day. Meridian is situated in Lauderdale, and the canvass has been the most ex citing since the war. On Saturday a mass meeting of three thousand assem bl A in Meridian to secure a peaceful finish of the canvass. The excitement among rW'Prohibs." and the "Antis" was intense and the meeting did no good. A row was nearly precipitated, because a young man declared that it was improper for the ladies to attend the polls. Speeches were made appealing for moderation, but finally the meeting became so tur bulent that it was dispersed by the continued plajing of the brass band t) drown the voices of the speakers. THE PRINCIPLE. IS SO UND. Although Mr. Gladstone's home rule bill was defeated on its second reading in the British House of Commons, it is probable that some measure of the soit will prevail eventually. The principle is sound and it must triumph, or England must fall back on a policy of force. We believe that a majority of the English are opposed to ruling Ireland by brute force, even if it can be done. In the last twenty years the English and Irish have made rapid progress towards liberty, and the corner stone of lasting liberty is local rule. The application of the principle in this country, the greatest and best government on earth, has borne such fruits as to convince all, that there can be no full enjoyment of self-government without each community regulating and controlling its own affairs. Mr. Gladstone had, perhaps, less confidence in the present success of his great measure than he had in its jus tice and soundness. He is perhaps surprised that the principle grew so rapidly in the face of the Tory op position, church prejudice and persistent misrepresentation. The grand old man will now take the great principle and appeal to the people. The result cannot be doubtful. Even political revolutions do not go back wards, and the revolution to stcure the control of Ireland to the Irish will not prove an exception. We have received a letter from the editor of the Sword and Shield, in which he says no anonymous corres pondent asked the interrogatories of Gen. Catcbings touching the peniten tiary matter, and that we did the edit or of the Sword and Shield a "great in justice in not presenting the other Bide of the question." We referred to one of the numerous anonymous correspondents of the Evening Post, and cheerfully state that the other eile of the question referred to, appeared as editorial in the Sword and Shield. We fail to see, however, that we do the edUor of the Sword and Shield great injustice, in not republish ing bis attack on Gov. Lowry and Gen. Catcbings. We don't think , there is any good ground for the attack, and although the editor of the Sword and Shield dif fers with us, we don't see that we are called upon to reproduce his writings on the subject. ' Tue Evening Post said some one could be found in the District to beat Cachings. The Bame paper also pub lished what purported to be a telegram announcing the death of Henry Ward Beecher. Let us put it mildly and say it was mistaken in both instances. ':.:. -s .yi 27;: I'JiZlTLWUAHV MALT EU. Tie attempt 1 being niaJe to injur Gen. Catchings with the penitentiary question, and we are gratilled t'. ,t we can crush it so effectually, that It w ill rebound on those making it. The at tempt comes from a correspondent of the Sword and Shield, and of the Even ing Post, of ibis city. The Sword and Shield seems to be exceedingly anx ious to injure the Congressman from this District, and who, or what is its inspiration, is not yet known. A direct connection with other aspi rants, or another aspirant, in this Dis trict Is not at all impossible. It is well known that the Post's fight on Catchings is not one of principle, but one of revenge, and of course the peo ple who own this District will not lend themselves to any such purpose. The lttler of Gen. Catchings, fully explains the penitentiary matter and answers the interrogatories propound ed, and we herewith print it in full: Washington, May 20, 1886. Kev. K. D. Uambrell, Editor Sword and Shield, Jackson, Miss.; Dear Sir I ha"e your letter of the 17th inst., asking me to reply to certain questions propounded to me in an arti cle which appeared in your paper of the 15th inst., entitled "Should Ex plain," which you Kindly enclose. If the author of that article had eally desired to know the truth he could and would have made inquiry of Gov. Lowry, who would have supplied him with all information needed. Al though the effort to injure me is utterly absurd, I have concluded to give you, (not the author of that article) an ac count of my course in connection with the matter mentioned. The Act of March 24, 1884, required the Attorney General upon being no tified by the Governor of the failure or refusal of the lessees of the Peni tentiary to jay into the State Treasury the amount due by them, to institute suit against them and their sureties. The object of this was to compel payment by them of course. . The Governor notified me sometime in the Spring of 1884 that the Lessees were in arrears in a certain sum, and called my attention to tbi3 act of the Legislature. I immediately informed them that unless tbey arranged the matter I would sue them. They proposed that if I would not sue them, they would give me perfect security for the payment of the amount due, in December or January follow ing. The securities offered were examined and found to be good, and with the sanction of the Governor, I accepted the proposition, received the securities and at once deposited them with the State Treasurer and the amount owing by the Lessees was paid into the Treasury in December, 1834. This was infinitely better than a suit, for this reason: As every lawyer knows, the term of court to which a suit is brought is known as the imparlance term, and the defendant is entitled as a matter 'of right to a continuance until the next term, that he may have time in which to prepare bis defense. The sureties resided in various lo calities, and it is -very doubtful whether I could have had them all personally summoned for the July term, which was the first to be held after the matter was placed in my hands. If I had succeed ed in this however, it is almost certain that with the means of delay so easily invoked, I could not have obtained a judgment at the December term fol lowing. This would have postponed the case until the July term 1885, and possibly still longer. Even after obtaining judgment there would doubtless have been still further delay in realizing the money by execu tion. Xo means known to the law could have secured the payment of the sum due, as speedily as it was collected under the arrangements made by me. Under these circumstances my duty was plain, and I did not besitat9 to pursue the course most beneficial to the State, and which any lawyer of decent ability and judgment would have adopted. The object of the law was speedily and effectually accom plished and I most certainly would pursue the same course under the same circumstances even at the risk of being regarded by ycir anxious cor respondent as a "contemner of the law." While asking you to publish this, I must apologize to your readers for oc cupying so much of your space in replying to an accusation founded in gross and unpardonable ignorance. I appreciate your motives in giving me the opportunity to expose the lit tleness of the assault made upon me in your paper, and thank you therefor. Respectfully, T. C. CATCHINGS. .-1 H'.i V 2,7 IT I! A vi: A t-:.' ; . ; :.t i,i t.. .j 'd 2 ' phis At'i'til, who saiys he is a colyru Republican, suggests that James H Chalmers run again for Congress in the Second District. He says Little Jim was elected the lut time but was counted out. There must be some mistake about that. We have not heard that Chalmers contested Judge Morgan's seat, and that's the kind of man Chalmers is. If there was the least grounds for a contest he would have made it. We rather think the correspondent is in the fix the Evening Post is, in this city. He loves to es timate all the colored men as live Re publicans, take it for granted that they all vote, and are the property of any one who opposes the Democratic nominee. Although very many colored men have ceased to take any interest in elections and quite a number of others vote as they please, and not as the property of others, we hear those same old esti mates and charges. Last election the Post was perfectly convinced that Catcbings was elected by a very large majoiity, but this year, when it is known that the first object of its life is to defeat him, it pro claims that no more ballot-boxes shall be stuffed. It should have in formed the people at the time, which ballot-boxes were stuffed in 1884, and not put itself in the position of trying to trump up something after its friend was not endorsed for Postmaster by Mr. Ca'cbiogs. And the colored Republican corres pondent agrees perfectly with the Post on another point. He wants the cry of "nigger" rule broken down. He suggests Gen.l Davis for Congress in the First District, Chalmers in the Second, Simrall in n the Third, Morphia in the Fourth, Judge Hancock in the Fifth, Judge Henderson in the Sixth, and Gen. Mc Kee in the Seventh. Every single sol itary one of them white. That plan would certainly break down the "nig ger" rule cry. It would nicely substi tute the old method, so popular with the carpetbaggers and scallawags, for the niggers to do the voting and the carpetbaggers and scal lawags to hold the offices The plan is so much like Chalmers, Beck and Company, that we really think Chalmers wrote it out, and bor rowed some colored Republican's au thority for it. AN OUTRAGE. We do not know what Mr. Wheeler's motive was, in making a three hours speech, filled with denunciation of a man who has been in his grave twenty years. Whatever inspired the spetch and however truthful it may be, it was in vile taste and will not be en dorsed, condoned or even counte nanced in the South. We suppose the Alabama Congressman made the old charges about Mr. Stanton, and that he believes they are true. Wheth er they are or not, there was no occa sion for such a speech, and so far as we can see, not the slightest excuse for it. So far as we can speak for South ern sentiment, we repudiate the ha rangue utterly. It was, no doubt, the result of ill-temper, certainly in exe crable taste and to be condemned by patriots everywhere. The idea of attacking a dead man, is utterly for eign to Southern feeling, and places Wheeler on a par with Halstead and other extremists who shrieked and tore their hair because Mr. Lamar draped the Interior building, when the death of ex-Secretary of the. Interior Jacjb Thompson was announced. We assure Mr. Wheeler that his post mortem performance on Mr. Stan ton, has excited the disgust of the South, and will be universally con demned. We have no doubt that Mr. Kelley and others, are more interested in making party capital out of it, than in defending &e good name of the dead, but that does not lessen the outrage of Mr. Wheeler. There is some figuring on the Cor gressionai slate in our District, proba bly at Vicksburg, but as yet, no avow ed candidates against Gen. Catchings Many friends and some of the papers of the District have sought to present our distinguished citizen Maj. Collins, be fore the next convention for Congress, but we can speak from authority and say that he is not, and will not be a candidate. We would be glad to see him honored with a seat in that body, tor we Know that he would till it ably and acceptably, but as he declines the race we do not hesitate to say that as Gen. Catchings has made an able and efficient Representative he should have an endorsement and as between him and any other man who is not strictly a Delta man, we will give him our support. Iodianola Times, June 5th. It is said that Frank Hurd is going to New York with a view to practice law and possibly to become allied with the Tammany organization. "Questions f r I'rf. Catchings." Jacmos, li.M., June 2. Mils was instituted to-day m the Circuit Court aiMin-it the lessees of the penitentiary for f :jy,4U0 due the State on lease of the penitentiary for 1885. Col. Ham ilton on the part of the lessees, refused to make payment in .money, but is willing to settle as is required by lesses' contract, and as the settlements have been made heretofore. . There is considerable dispute between tie au thorites and the lessees as to the terms of the contract, and therefore the Attorney-General brings this suit to set tle the controversy. This lease was entered into in 1880, and the lessees have annually paid any balance found duealter deducting for maciinery and improvements. There will be a long litigation before the suit is decided. Special to Commercial Herald. 1. Did not the Legislature of 1884, by Act passed March 12, 1884, say that the lessees of the penitentiary then owed the State $59,400? 2. Did not the Act require the Attorney-General, who was then Mr. Catch ings, when not fled by the Governor, to sue for this sum unless it was paid? 3. Did not Mr. Catchings say in a card, that the Governor notified him of this Act, but that he did not sue be cause there was no necessity for it? 4. Did not the last message of the Governor show that only $12,000 of this debt was paid in money, and the balance in improvements, at a rate which a committee of the Senate said was exorbitant? 5. Did not the lessees of the peniten tiary make the same claim then that they do now, and was there not as much necessity for a suit to settle the question then as now? 6. Did not Mr. Catchings know that his card deceived the people into be lieving that the lessees had paid in full the debt which he was directed to sue for, when he knew they bad not paid wnat tne legislature said was due, but only what the lessees admitted to be due? Inquirer. The above appears in the Post of June 5tb, and each question is so easy that any citizen who has paid the slightest attention to the legislation on the subject, or is at all familiar with the current legislation, can furnish the answers. Now let us see. 1st. The legislature did not "by act in 1881," or any other year, say the lessees "owed the State 39.400 00" or any amount whatever. The act of March 12th, 1884, only transferred the $33,944 38, deposited by the lessees in cash, now in the State treasury to the credit of the penitentiary improve ment fund" to the general fund of the State. 2nd. The "act of 1384" did not re quire the Attorney-General to sue for 'this sum" or any other specified sum, but required the Governor to notify bim if the lessees failed or refused to make payment of what might be due under their contract. 3rd. Mr. Catchings did say, in his card, that the Governor notified him, and that the settlement and payment was made without siit. Is there any omecuon to mat ? it suit had been instituted, the settlement and payment could not have been made earlier than it was, but possibly delayed. 4th. The amount of payment would not have been changed if suit bad been instituted, as contracts for work had already been made, and work was be ing done under those contracts. This is shown by the report of the Senate committee referred to, and "the rate" was fair and reasonable, so says anoth er committee who were not influenced by spite or any political schemes'. 5th. There could have been no ne cessity for suing the lessees when a fair and proper settlement was made, and no matter what the lessees claim ed, they made a legal, fair and satisfac tory settlement with the authorities at that time, and as for the necessity of suit now, that remains to be seen. The result will best indicate the wis dom, legality and necessity of the proceeding. There is evidently two very large sides t ) the question. 6th. Mr. Catchings' card stated the precise fact and truth at the time it was given. The settlement to which the Governor called his attention, had been properly made under the law and the money due paid in cash, and no other settlement could have been made, nor could any judgment been had for any other amount than the sum paid. He was not directed to sue for any sum whatever but that ascer tained to be due on settlement, if the lessees failed or refused to pay. , They did neither. The Legislature never said any amount "was due" by the lessees. Inquirer proceeds upon a false theory perhaps in ignorance of the law and facts. If so he may be .excusable. But would it not be well for those whe seek to enlighten the putl c upon so serious a matter, as reflecting upon the official conduct of a competent and excellent officer, to see to it that they do justice; otherwise legitimate inquiry may be developed into partizanship, and look as though the enquirer might be inspired by other motives than the public good? If all Mr. Catchings' public sets are as capable of as perfect and every way satisfactory explanation, and as entirely consi&tent with efficient' dis charge of official duty as this, no cause whatever can exist for comment or criticism. Swamper. Important to Drummers. The auditor of the State, Capt. W. W. Stone, is flooded with inquiries by foreign firms as to whether, under the new law of taxing drummers, a firm can procure a license for an agent without naming the agent; also if li censes issued to one drummer doing business for a firm can be transferred to another should first agent quit the service of the firm. These licenses cannot be used by any one except one person, and are not transferable under any circumstances. Liahop Charles B. Calloway, D. D. Oa last Sabbath morning, Jur-e 15, s 18is0, the Church Conference of the ' Jackson Station, Miss., Conference, ' adopted by a unanimous rising vote, the follow inir Dreamtila unit rpitEtln- tions: Wherea?, The General Conference recently in session in th oiv nt HVh. mond, Va., composed of representative delegates, both clerical and lay, from thirty-eight annual conferences of the Methodist Epi.'opal Church, South, elected by a large majority vote to the Bishopric. 'a former naitnr r.t eh la chuicn, Rev. Charles B. Galloway, D. nun Whereas. Dr. served this congregation so faithfully. u nixepiauiy and with such distin guished ability, for six years, thereby Securing, nut onlv nnr ainpera trwa unS affection, but the admiration of the cemmumty; therefore, atesoived, That this church most gratefully appreciates the action-o!- promction of T highest office wi'hjn its sift. w Resolved. Thht'nB tenrtor PtoKnn Galloway OUT EiaCHre rnnorrnt.nlnttnna in thus ueiog found so eminently wor- uij w leueive sucn nign honors at the bands of so di.srin Christian men. Resovled, That while we most sin cerely regret to lose Dr. Galloway as editor of our Conference Organ in New Orleans, and while we feel poig nant Sorrow that his lahnra in rliafunf fields will deprive us of his presence to a great extent, yet we but voice the sentiment of this congregation, and we believe the entire Mississippi Confer ence, in expressing gratification at the action of the General Conference, in thus placing him in a position where his abilities will have a wider range and his fitlds of usefulness be greatly enlarged. Resolved, That should Bishop Gallo way make Jackson his Epiec jpal Home (a COnsummsit.inn mnatriavnuHo iviah. ed for) be would be received by this - linn npujmf inn , i . I. . i , wvug.gatiuu wiiii upvu afiiis auu lov ing hearts. Resolved, That these preambles and resolutions be sent to Bishop Galbway, and copies of the same furnished for publication to the New Orleans Chris tian Advocate, and Nashville Christian Advocate, the Brookhaven Leader, the Vicksburg papers, and our city papers. Catchings In Coahoma. In the Banner of May 28th was the following : We would like to know if Hon. T. C. Catchings intends to become a can didate for re-election to Congress from this district? Who has authority to say yea or nay? VVhich has been thus replied to : MBJlPHI-,May28, 1886. Dear Brother Ward : I can answer the above question. Gen. Catchings will be a candidate for re-election to Congress from the old shoe-string, and he deserves the vote of every man in the district. I am just back from a trip to Washington in the interest of an appropriation for the Mississippi river, where I met Mr. Catchings frequently, and I can assure you he has done faithful, hon es', and telling work for the interest of his constituents. He has already made his maik. and his frlpnrignh and would if they knew how well he has borne his part in the present ses sion of Congress, stand by him in the earning eltction. ' 'July, W. A. EVKKMAN. While Gen. Catchings is at the Na tional Capital, faithfully and ably at tending to his duties as a Representa tive in Congress from this District, an effort is being made by a few aspirants to his seat to rotate him and work up a boom for themselves; but the great body of the people of the District favor the return of the sitting mem ber, and this is at it should be. Val uable and distinguished services ably and faithfully performed, entitle him to the further confidence of his people, and we trust and believe it will be ac corded him. Clarksdale Banner. Satisfactory Evidence. J. W. Graliam, Wholesale Druggi3t, of Aus tin, Tex., writes: "I havtf been handling DB WM. HALL'S BALSAM FOR THK LUNGS for the past year, and have found It one of the most salable niediclues I have ever had In my house for Coughs, Colds, and even Consumption, al ways giving entire satisfaction. Please send me another gross. For sale by all druggists. racilalUotEcttlj, KEYSTONE .IMLT WHISKEY Specially Distilled for Medioinal Use. TM BEST TOXIC f UNEQUALED for C0NSUMP. - TI0N, Wasting Disease and General Debility. SZWA2I OF niTATICl'S. TV flenuint hu tht RlgDntartfC EI8NKK & MKNTttLbOJi OD tb Libel, J ill. Sec. 1 riP'H 3 s,-Knr.."i"i EismerOendelsoa, (Bolt igen- for tht D. S.), (huh, to. oio a ou nam ou, rtmaa vV. E. BECK& CO., isoiiUJi tj.A.a-E.srras VlckBbuwr. - - . Mississippi ' HORSK R4D13H, PARSNIPS, APPLE3. Oranges and Lemons for Pesach. ul . K. NORTH. 1 the V,- I i. I t 'it V, 'f'f